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Scientists turn fish scales into green power generator

Jun 06, 2017, 6:46 AM EDT
(Source: Nick Fewings 5 Million views/flickr)
(Source: Nick Fewings 5 Million views/flickr)

In a development that paves the way for self-powered flexible electronics, a team of researchers at Jadavpur University in India has developed a biodegradable energy harvester from fish scales.

The device, named "bio-piezoelectric nanogenerator,” leverages piezoelectric properties of collagen fiber present in fish scales, writes Tree Hugger. The device is inexpensive, can be manufactured in a single step and is completely biodegradable, a combination that renders it ideal for self-powered electronics.

The nanogenerator is a bright prospect as it not only recycles fish by-products but at the same time, shrinks the e-waste, notes The Hindu.

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